New Disaster Response Investments Help Communities Bounce Back

June 27, 2024

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 27, 2024 — Building on Walmart’s long history supporting communities when natural disasters hit, today the company is sharing the next steps in its efforts to draw on its strengths as a retailer with roots in thousands of communities to help them better prepare and quickly respond when disasters strike.

As natural disasters increase in frequency and a potentially historic hurricane season begins, Walmart is unveiling investments in new disaster response mobile units run by nonprofit organizations with expertise in disaster response. The new mobile units can bring communities access to the resources and services people often need most when natural disasters result in power outages and home damage, such as charging and Wi-Fi access, hot meals, clean laundry and showers.

As Walmart and Sam’s Club often serve as an early destination for people to access the products and services they need during these challenging times, these mobile units deploy in store or club parking lots, as well as other community locations convenient to people impacted. The new mobile units include:

The new disaster response mobile units are in addition to Walmart’s Mobile Relief Kitchen operated by Walmart drivers. The mobile units have already started deploying in communities across the U.S., helping thousands of people impacted by severe storms, tornadoes and wildfires this year as part of the company’s comprehensive approach to preparing for and responding to natural disasters.

Before, during and after disasters, Walmart’s emergency management team and associates across the company coordinate to support impacted associates, get stores and clubs back open as quickly and safely as possible, deliver much-needed merchandise and collaborate with local governments and response organizations to determine the needs in the community. It's in the company’s DNA to help communities better prepare for and respond to disasters in the communities where we operate around the world. Since FY2022, Walmart, Sam’s Club and the Walmart Foundation have contributed more than $55 million for disaster preparedness and response globally.

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Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is a people-led, tech-powered omnichannel retailer helping people save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — in stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, approximately 255 million customers and members visit more than 10,500 stores and numerous eCommerce websites in 19 countries. With fiscal year 2024 revenue of $648 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.1 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy, and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/walmart, on X (formerly known as Twitter) at twitter.com/walmart, and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/walmart.